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Drought tests centuries-old water traditions in New Mexico

Sep. 18, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — At the edge of a sandstone outcropping, Teresa Leger Fernández looks out on the Rio Chama. The river tracks a diverse landscape from the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains through rugged basalt hillsides, layers of volcanic tuff, and the red and yellow cliffs made...

Crash near Lincoln leaves 1 woman dead, authorities say

Sep. 18, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A woman has been killed in a head-on crash southeast of Lincoln, authorities say. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the crash happened around 9 p.m. Friday when a car crossed the center line of Nebraska Highway 2...

Oregon tree experts expect delayed mortality due to drought

Sep. 18, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The effects of the drought and heat on trees won’t be fully known until next spring, tree experts in Oregon say. Oregon State University professor and forest health specialist Dave Shaw told The Oregonian/OregonLive that there’s typically...

Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge to remain closed due to Ida

Sep. 18, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's strike on Louisiana left a path of destruction at Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge, which will remain closed until further notice as a result. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the refuge, in Jefferson Parish...

Wyoming marks 20th anniversary of 8 runners killed in crash

Sep. 18, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The returning members of the Wyoming cross country program suffered through a tough year. The 2020 fall season was postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Training for a truncated winter schedule proved to be difficult with all of the contact...

Nonprofit started by Sean Penn aids Georgia vaccine drive

Sep. 18, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A disaster relief organization founded by actor Sean Penn is boosting Georgia's drive to inoculate people against the coronavirus, though some of its pop-up vaccine clinics have struggled to attract people. CORE has offered COVID shots at hundreds of...

Indiana doctor sentenced in DUI crash that killed infant

Sep. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana physician has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in a drunken driving crash that killed an infant and severely injured the boy's father. Russel Jerome Legreid II of Roanoke was sentenced Wednesday by a...

Tropical Storm Odette slogs offshore of mid-Atlantic coast

Sep. 18, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Odette slogged off the mid-Atlantic coast Saturday morning and was expected to weaken Saturday night as it approaches eastern Canada. Odette was traveling northeast at 15 mph (24 kph) and was centered about 225 miles (360 kilometers) south of...

Crews watching weather as wildfire burns near sequoias

Sep. 18, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews were watching the weather this weekend as they battled California wildfires that have burned into some groves of gigantic ancient sequoias as they try to protect the world's largest tree. The National Weather Service issued a weather...

No injuries as 4.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles

Sep. 18, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — A small earthquake shook the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area Friday night, but there weren't any immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The magnitude-4.3 quake struck shortly after 7:58 p.m. and was centered near Carson, about 21...